What I’ve been reading: August 2019

August was a busy month of non-reading activities, so I’m feeling good that I finished reading 6 books.

We were in Newfoundland early in the month, and thanks to the flight and that one evening I read in the living room of one of our B&Bs, I finished 2 books and most of another on vacation. Lovely.

That red chair... I read there.

Here’s what I read in August…


A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry

3 words: gritty, realistic, raw

Give this book a whirl if you like… reading about the African American experience, racism, urban living, contemporary classics, plays, expectations, yearning for a better life

I Miss You When I Blink: Essays by Mary Laura Philpott

3 words: warm, wise, confessional

Give this book a whirl if you like… personal essays, Type A personalities exploring their own strengths and weaknesses, warmth and wisdom, family essays, women’s lives

The River by Peter Heller

3 words: lyrical, fast-paced, introspective

Give this book a whirl if you like… thoughtful adventure novels, canoeing, forest fires, male friendship

Get Better: 15 Proven Practices to Build Effective Relationships at Work by Todd Davis

3 words: practical, inspiring, down-to-earth

Give this book a whirl if you like… clear examples of how to improve workplace relationships, worksheets to help develop one’s own approach, working on small steps to be better at one’s relationships

Happy by Design: How to Create a Home That Boosts Your Health & Happiness by Victoria Harrison

3 words: light, practical, pretty

Give this book a whirl if you like… simple tips to brighten your home, a variety of approaches to making a home feel happier, lovely books that are browseable


Fall and Rise: The Story of 9/11 by Mitchell Zuckoff

3 words: personal, gripping, emotional

Give this book a whirl if you like… reading about the people involved in all aspects of the 9/11 terrorist attack, an up-close view of the events of 9/11, reading about the aftermath of tragedy 

How was your summer of reading? Do you tend to read more or less during the summer months?